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Common Women’s Sexual Problems

Many women experience sexual problems in their lives.  Some common women’s sexual problems, or issues, last for a little time, others women’s common sexual problems last longer in their duration.  Women’s sexual problems like painful intercourse, either vaginismus or vulvadynia or dyspareunia, affect around a third of women.  A woman’s sexuality can also be influenced by other factors like body image, grief, relationships, depression, and anxiety.  People are provided with limited education about sex and sexuality and often the information is misrepresented or even incorrect.

The pages below provides information on some of the common women’s sexual problems or issues women may experience.  Psychosexual therapy, or sex therapy can assist women and their partners to have en enjoyable sex life.  Through sexual counselling, or sex therapy,  you can explore the issues and develop tools to improve your sex lives.

You may find the information useful in your search for an answer.  If you have any questions or would like to an appointment to discuss these issues contact Dr Christopher.  Sex Life Therapy offers sex therapy and relationship therapy in East Melbourne and Frankston.  Skype-based sex therapy is available to people in other areas of Australia.

How Common are Common Women’s Sexual Problems?

  • 1 in 2 women reported a sexual problem in 2003
  • 1 in 2 women reported a lack of interest in sex as a sexual problem
  • 1 in 3 reported body image issues as a common sexual problem
  • 1 in 3 women were not able to achieve orgasm
  • 1 in 4 women reported sex as not pleasurable
  • 1 in 4 women reported vaginal dryness as a common sexual problem
  • 1 in 5 women reported sexual pain during intercourse

Loss of Desire/Interest

This is probably the most common sexual difficulty, particularly among women.Loss of desire can either be partial, or total. Partial loss of desire means that you have stopped initiating sexual contact with your partner, but will sometimes respond to their approaches.

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Orgasmic Difficulties

Not all women want to or need to experience orgasm to enjoy love-making. However, there are also many women who rarely or never orgasm, and would like to, for whom sex therapy can be extremely helpful.

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Penetration Difficulties/Vaginismus

‘Vaginismus’ means you have persistent or recurrent difficulties in allowing your partner’s penis, a finger, or any object into your vagina – despite your expressed wish for penetration to happen.

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Breast Cancer and Sexuality

Treatment for breast cancer can affect your sex life. A woman may experience less desire or interest in sex, during and following treatment. Some women after breast cancer no longer feel ‘desirable’ or ‘sexual’.

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Body Image

Many people only think about eating disorders and women when they think about body image. We all create images about our bodies.

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Relationship Difficulties

Relationship can arise out of sexual issues, and sexual issues can result in relationship difficulties. Differences in desire, differences in choice of sexual activity can lead to issues in the relationship.

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Sexual Trauma

People who have survived sexual trauma sometimes experience sexual problems like an inability to reach orgasm, lack of interest in sex, vaginismus, fear of intimacy or touching.

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Sexual Phobias

A sexual phobia is a fear or anxiety of some kind that impacts your ability to become aroused. The phobia can be specific, for example, you will not touch your partner’s penis or vagina.

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Self Esteem Issues

Self-esteem can impact on the way we think/feel about ourselves and others. Self-esteem can also impact on the way we interact with others, including sexually.

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